Ligustrum vulgare (common privet)

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Key Characteristics

  • Leaves are opposite, simple, and situated on short petioles, ovate to lanceolate in shape with an entire margin
  • Fruit are dark blue drupes, more oval in shape than round
  • Twigs are ashy colored when dry, turning green when wet with small green lateral buds and a small terminal bud
  • This small shrub was commonly planted as hedging but is now invasive

Sourced from a field lab in Fall 2011


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